C is for Corpse (Kinsey Millhone #3)
He was young-maybe twenty or so-and he must once have been a good-looking kid. Kinsey could see that. But now his body was covered in scars, his face half-collapsed. It saddened Kinsey and made her curious. She could see he was in a lot of pain. But for three weeks, as Kinsey'd watched him him... show more
He was young-maybe twenty or so-and he must once have been a good-looking kid. Kinsey could see that. But now his body was covered in scars, his face half-collapsed. It saddened Kinsey and made her curious. She could see he was in a lot of pain. But for three weeks, as Kinsey'd watched him him doggedly working out at the local gym, putting himself through a grueling exercise routine, he never spoke. Then one Monday morning when there was no one else in the gym, Bobby Callahan approached her. His story was hard to credit: a murderous assault by a tailgating car on a lonely rural road, a roadside smash into a canyon 400 feet below, his Porsche a bare ruin, his best friend dead. The doctors had managed to put his body back together again-sort of. His mother's money had seen to that. What they couldn't fix was his mind, couldn't restore the huge chunks of memory wiped out by the crash. Bobby knew someone had tried to kill him, but he didn't know why. He knew he had the key to something that made him dangerous to the killer, but he didn't know what it was. And he sensed that someone was still out there, ready to pounce at the first sign his memory was coming back. He'd been to the cops, but they'd shrugged off his story. His family thought he had a screw loose. But he was scared-scared to death. He wanted to hire Kinsey.His case didn't have a whole lot going for it, but he was hard to resist: young, brave, hurt. She took him on. And three days later, Bobby Callahan was dead.Kinsey Millhone never welshed a deal. She'd been hired to stop a killing. Now she'd find the killer.
Publish date: May 15th 1986
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Pages no: 243
Edition language: English
Series: Kinsey Millhone (#3)
This book is told in reverse - we're told at the very beginning who the "C" is, just not why. Even so, Grafton made me care, and care a lot, about the victim. There is a lot of character development going on in this book - we see Kinsey becoming an emotionally three dimensional main character, wit...
Wow. This book was great. Great writing, better development with characters, a nice side plot involving Henry and Rosie, and a great ending. Kinsey in book number three I think finally gives you enough yo want to stick with her. You hear about the accident that left her orphaned. Other characters...
I really enjoyed this. The best of the series so far. Despite her saying that Bobby was dead in the first page, I was still upset when it actually happened.
One of the things I love about the Kinsey Milhone series is that they are anything but formulaic. Every story is new and fresh. The case Kinsey has taken on is brought to her by a young man who was nearly killed in a automobile accident. Everyone believes it was just an accident except the boy hims...
Plot A was believable and moving. Kinsey's dedication to find and give herself and Glen closure, to give sense to Bobby's murder is compelling and very readable. It aged with grace and can be read for what it is a mystery set in the mid to late eighties. Plot B was predictable and is the part I reme...